Best of Toledo 2019


For motorsport racers, speed begets glory. But, in Toledo, prestige is more than a matter of velocity. To truly go the distance in the Glass City, you need a solid reputation, adoring fans and the votes of Toledo City Paper readers. This year’s winners have all that and more, with over 708,000 votes speeding them past the blistering competition to cross the finish line and secure their title of Best of Toledo. Ready to see who landed in victory lane? Read on. It’s lights out and away we go!

Shops & Stores | Services & Places | Professionals | Beauty/Health & Wellness | Food | Media | Art | Drinks | Music | Community

Shops & Stores

New Store

Whole Foods Market
Runner-up: Buff City Soap Co.

Floral Shop

Bartz Viviano Flowers & Gifts
Runner-up: Beautiful Blooms by Jen


Hoen’s Garden Center & Landscaping
Runner-up: Whiteford Greenhouse

Home/Gift Shop

Fiddle Stix Boutique & Gallery
Runner-up: Handmade Toledo

Flooring Store

Carpets by Otto
Runner-up: Harms Carpet One Floor & Home

Furniture Store

Appliance Center
Runner-up: La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries

Thrift/Resale Store

Toledo Area Humane Society ReTail Shop
Runner-up: Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Mall/Shopping Area

The Shops at Fallen Timbers
Runner-up: Franklin Park Mall

Place to Buy a Piece of Toledo

Libbey Glass Factory Outlet
Runner-up: Jupmode

Antique Store

The Vault Antiques & Treasures
1583 W. Sylvania Ave., 419-478-4926.
Runner-up: 2 Guys From Philly Consignments

Locally Owned Women’s Boutique

You-nique Bou-tique
Runner-up: Blue by Atlas Bridal Shop

Locally Owned Men’s Boutique

Diamond’s Men’s Shop
Runner-up: Szar’s Mens Shop

Bridal Shop

Atlas Bridal Shop
Runner-up: Belle Amour Bridal

Optical Shop

Optical Arts Inc.
Runner-up: Pinnacle Eye Group

Sexy Business

Pleasure 365
Runner-up: Lindsay Nicole Studio Boudoir Photography

Meat/Butcher Shop

House of Meats
Runner-up: Frobose Meat Locker

Spiritual Shop

Reger’s Church Supplies & Religious Gifts
Runner-up: Kingdom Christian Bookstore

Jewelry Store

Jeffrey Mann Fine Jewelers
Runner-up: Harold Jaffe Jewelers

Liquor Store

Joseph’s Beverage Center
Runner-up: Pauken Wine & Liquor

Retail Wine Selection

Joseph’s Beverage Center
Runner-up: Walt Churchill’s Market

Candy Store

Boyd’s Retro Candy Store
Runner-up: Christie’s Candies & Mints

Vape Shop

Wild Bill’s Tobacco
Runner-up: The Crave Cave

Cigar Shop

The Cigar Affair
Runner-up: Third Street Cigar

Tech Repair Shop

Maumee Geeks
Runner-up: Virtual PC’s

Gaming/Comic Store

Replay of Toledo
Runner-up: Dragon’s Roost Coffee and Games

Services & Places


Hoen’s Garden Center and Landscaping
Runner-up: A & J Landscape


Blair Johnson (BMJ Enterprises)
Runner-up: Handy Andy Handyman Services

Home Builder/Remodeling

Dunright Building Services
Runner-up: Mavillino Custom Homes

Junk Removal Service

A+ Junk
130 Oakdale Ave., 419-243-3796
Runner-up: Jeff’s Hauling & Cleanup

Exterminator/Pest Control Company

Frame’s Pest Control
Runner-up: DelRoy

Cleaning Service

Molly Maid of NW Ohio
Runner-up: Carissa’s Green Cleaning Service, LLC

Heating & Air Service

M&M Heating and Cooling Inc.
Runner-up: Wojo’s

Place to Buy a Car

Yark Automotive
Runner-up: Dave White Chevrolet

Place to Buy Tires

Runner-up: Tri County Tire

Car Wash

Russ’s Auto Wash
Runner-up: Expresso Car Wash

Car Detailer

Details by Sino
Runner-up: Jackman Laskey Car Wash

Limo Service

Childers Limousine Service
Runner-up: Team Johnson Limo


Shorty’s BBQ
Runner-up: Michael’s Gourmet Catering

Wedding Photographer/Videographer

Jenna Knott Photography
Runner-up: Love is Greater Photography

Wedding DJ

DJ T.O. (DeeJay to Music)
Runner-up: DJ One Tyme

Wedding Venue

Toledo Zoo
Runner-up: The Stables @ Wheeler Farms

Romantic Getaway

Belamere Suites
Runner-up: Mill House Bed & Breakfast, Grand Rapids

Event Planner

Bee For The Day
Runner-up: Your Perfect Day

Professional Framing Service

Runner-up: We’ll Frame It

Dry Cleaner

Lasalle Cleaners
Runner-up: Twin Oaks


Sew N Such
Runner-up: Szar’s Mens Shop

Best Laundromat

Super Suds
Runner-up: Duds N Suds Dryclean & Laundry

Marina/Boat Club

Toledo Sailing Club
Runner-up: Toledo Yacht Club

Pet Adoption Service

Toledo Area Humane Society
Runner-up: Lucas County Pit Crew

Pet Grooming

Grateful Pet Grooming
Runner-up: Sheri May Meyers Pet Styling Salon

Pet Day Care/Boarding

Karnik Pet Lodge of Toledo
Runner-up: Rover Come Over


Janet Amid
Runner-up: Medium Sirena La Point

Tattoo Shop/Studio

Needle Masters
Runner-up: 4 Nineteen Ink

Tattoo Artist

Theresa Alvarado, 4 Nineteen Ink
Runner-up: Leo Olivarez, Brass Monkey

Best Piercer

Piercings by Caitlin, 4 Nineteen Ink
Runner-up: Whitey Stachowiak, Needle Masters North



Dr. Mickey Frame, Frame Chiropractic and Acupuncture
Runner-up: Tamara TCM Acupuncture and Herbs


Dr. Shawn Brohl, Spring Meadows Chiropractic
Runner-up: Innate Health Chiropractic


Dr. Clint Keifer, Great Lakes Audiology
Runner-up: Dr. John Reno, Toledo Clinic


Dr. Jon Frankel, Frankel Dentistry
Runner-up: Drs. Howard, Nicholas and Baburek


HLS Orthodontics
Runner-up: Carl Wheeler, Wheeler Orthodontics


Dr. Christy Lorton, Dermatology Associates
Runner-up: Dr. Matthew Molenda, Bravia Dermatology


Dr. Matthew Molenda, Bravia Dermatology
Runner-up: Sarah Stierman MD, Dermatology Associates


Julie David, evolv Medical Aesthetics
Runner-up: Katlyn Calandra

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor

Dr. Christopher Perry, Toledo Clinic
Runner-up: Dr. Vincent Toma, ENT Physicians Inc.

Eye Care Professional

Dr. Preston Linley, ProMedica
Runner-up: Pinnacle Eye Group

Plastic Surgeon

evolv Medical Aesthetics
Runner-up: Arrowhead Plastic Surgeons

Drug Rehab Treatment Facility

Zepf Center
Runner-up: Arrowhead Behavioral


The Willow Center
Runner-up: Harbor Behavioral Health


Dr. Bob Esplin, VCA SylvaniaVet
Runner-up: West Toledo Animal Hospital


Runner-up: Fifth Third

Credit Union

Directions Credit Union
Runner-up: Glass City Federal Credit Union

Financial Planning Firm

Savage & Associates
Runner-up: Edward Jones

Real Estate Office

The Danberry Co., Realtors
Runner-up: RE/MAX Preferred Associates

Insurance Agent

Carl Welch, Evolve Insurance Consultants
Runner-up: Jackelyn Lee, Liberty Mutual


Bruce Boerst
Runner-up: Seneca Weirich Harden

Bail Bonds

Sarah Stuart, Mobile Bonds
Runner-up: Tina Butts, A-1 Bail Bonds

Ad Agency

Hanson Inc.
Runner-up: Cooper-Smith

Web Design/Developer

J Woods Digital Marketing
Runner-up: Madhouse

Beauty/Health & Wellness

Women’s Salon

Soto Signature Salon and Spa
Runner-up: Rêvé Salon and Spa

Men’s Barber Shop

Lady Jane’s Haircuts for Men
Runner-up: The Barber Lounge

Day Spa

Serenity Health & Wellness
Runner-up: Soto Signature Salon and Spa

Medi Spa

Ada Aesthetics
Runner-up: evolv Medical Aesthetics

Hair Stylist

Abby Goldsmith, The Salon Uptown
Runner-up: Ashley Braatz, Studio 101

Nail Salon

Jonathan Khoi Nail Spa
Runner-up: Sandals Nail Spa

Beauty School

Summit Salon Academy
Runner-up: Paul Mitchell the School Toledo


Jarrod Del Vecchio, Dermatology Associates
Runner-up: Amy Hudik, evolv Plastic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics

Makeup Artist

Jess Sparks, Ada Aesthetics
Runner-up: Jordan Briones, Bless the Blend

Massage Therapist

Joani Donovan, 3D Wellness
Runner-up: Back to Basics Massage Therapy

Holistic Health Center

Serenity Health and Wellness
Runner-up: Lava Wellness Spa

Boutique Fitness Studio/Classes

TrvFit Perrysburg
Runner-up: Redline Circuit Training

Yoga Studio

Essence Mind Body Studio
Runner-up: Hot Room Toledo

Gym/Athletic Club

TruvFit Perrysburg
Runner-up: LB’s Circuit Training

Personal Trainer

Lindsay Bowman, LB’s Circuit Training
Runner-up: Matt Temby, TrvFit

Physical Therapy

PT Link Physical Therapy
Runner-up: Wildwood (ProMedica)


Natural Food Store

Health Foods by Claudia
Runner-up: Whole Foods Market

Ethnic Grocery

Sofo’s Italian Foods
Runner-up: Tiger Bakery

Local Grocery

Walt Churchill’s Market
Runner-up: Sautter’s


Mayberry Diner
Runner-up: Schmucker’s

Coffee Shop

Maddie & Bella
Runner-up: SIP


Holey Toledough
Runner-up: Wixey Bakery


Original Gino’s Pizza
Runner-up: Village Idiot

Burger Joint

Runner-up: Mason Jar Tap & Grill


Real Seafood Co.
Runner-up: Mancy’s Bluewater Grille

Hot Dogs

Runner-up: Tony Packo’s


Shorty’s True American Roadhouse
Runner-up: Deet’s BBQ

Indian Restaurant

Runner-up: Star of India

Italian Restaurant

Rosie’s Italian Grille
Runner-up: Inky’s

Mediterranean Restaurant

Runner-up: Grape Leaf

Mexican Restaurant

Runner-up: San Marcos

Asian Restaurant

Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse
Runner-up: QQ Kitchen


Mancy’s Steakhouse
Runner-up: Benchmark


Local TV Station

13abc WTVG
Runner-up: WTOL 11

Best Anchor Duo

Lee Conklin & Diane Larson , 13abc WTVG
Runner-up: Sashem Brey & Jeff Smith, 13abc WTVG


Jordan Strack, WTOL 11
Runner-up: Joe Nugent, 13abc WTVG


Jay Berschback, 13abc WTVG
Runner-up: Robert Sheils, WTOL 11

Radio Station

Runner-up: 92.5 KISS FM

Radio Show

Lyn and Cliff, K100
Runner-up: The Denny Schaffer Show, WRQN 93.5

Local Podcast

Eric Chase
Runner-up: Girls Girls Podcast

Print Journalist

Rebecca Regnier
Runner-up: Mary Bilyeu, The Blade


Visual Artist (Painting & Drawing)

Art by Mingo, Domingo Herrera
See “Art by Mingo” on Facebook
Runner-up: Chris Rodriguez

Visual Artist (Glass, Sculpture & Installation)

Copper Moon Studio
Runner-up: Art by Mingo

Art Photographer

Lindsay Nicole Studio
Runner-up: Rebecca Trumbull Photography

Independent Gallery

Fire Nation Glass
Runner-up: Fuller Art House

Place to Buy Local Art

Handmade Toledo
Runner-up: Toledo Museum of Art Gift Shop

Art Classes

Toledo Museum of Art
Runner-up: Board & Brush Sylvania

Dance Classes

Positive Image Dance Studio
Runner-up: Company C Dance Club


Josh Nagel
Runner-up: Ellen Dziubek

Local Author/Writer

Laurence St. John
Runner-up: Rebecca Regnier

Local Theater Group

Toledo Repertoire Theatre
Runner-up: Actors Collaborative Toledo

Local Actor/Performer

Chris Stack
Runner-up: Dylan Coale


Corey W. King
Runner-up: Kool Keith


Neighborhood Bar

Inside the Five
Runner-up: Levi & Lilac’s Whiskey Room


Maumee Bay Brewing Co.
Runner-up: Earnest Brew Works

New Bar

Bellwether at Toledo Spirits
Runner-up: Whisky & The Wolf


Mon Ami Winery
Runner-up: Benfield Winery

Sports Bar

Runner-up: Shawn’s Irish Tavern

College Bar

Tin Can
Runner-up: The Stubborn Brother Pizza Bar

Irish Bar

The Blarney
Runner-up: Shawn’s Irish Tavern


Georgjz419 Fun Food & Spirits
Runner-up: Mojo’s and Legends


Band (covers)

The Skittle Bots
Runner-up: Grizzly Grits

Band (originals)

Amelia Airharts
Runner-up: Oliver Hazard

Blues/Jazz Artist

Abbigale Rose
Runner-up: Hector Mendoza


DJ T.O. (DeeJay to Music)
Runner-up: DJ One Tyme

Hip Hop Artist

She Speaks
Runner-up: Tony Patrón

Karaoke Night

Georgjz419 Fun, Food, & Spirits
Runner-up: Bier Stube


Abbigale Rose
Runner-up: Natasha Salazar

Music Venue

Village Idiot
Runner-up: Centennial Terrace

Record Store

Culture Clash
Runner-up: Allied Records Exchange

Music Lessons

Forte Music School
Runner-up: Durdell’s Music


Best Neighborhood

Runner-up: Perrysburg

Suburban Downtown

Runner-up: Perrysburg

Nonprofit Event

Runner-up: Acoustics for Autism


German-American Festival
Runner-up: MacQueens Apple Butter Festival


Toledo Area Humane Society
Runner-up: Nature’s Nursery


University of Toledo
Runner-up: Lourdes University

Country Club/Private Club

Brandywine Country Club
Runner-up: Sylvania Country Club

Institution We’re Proud Of

Toledo Zoo
Runner-up: Toledo Museum of Art

Place to Show Off Toledo to Out-of-Towners

Toledo Zoo
Runner-up: Toledo Museum of Art

High School

Sylvania Southview
Runner-up: Notre Dame Academy

Private School

St. Francis de Sales
Runner-up: St. John’s Jesuit

Vocational School/Community College

Owens Community College
Runner-up: Penta Career Center

House of Worship

St. Joseph Maumee
Runner-up: CedarCreek


Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
Runner-up: Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz


UAW Local 12
Runner-up: Toledo Federation of Teachers

Police Officer

Lt. Kevan Toney
Runner-up: Andre Antoine


Amanda Lyons
Runner-up: Chris Hartford

Best Dressed Man

Jason Mercurio, Red Line Circuit Training
Runner-up: Tyler Urbanski, Titus & Urbanski Inc.

Best Dressed Woman

Laura Edgell, Red Line Circuit Training
Runner-up: Kelly Latz, Howard Hanna